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  1. Is this book really fiction? Or is it fact? Or is it what many people now call faction?For me, in my tiny mind, it became reality. This was down to Horwood's terrifically powerful story-telling. He captivated me completely and I really believed the events that he was describing, even down to the conversations between the eagles.As is the case with Skallagrigg, there are two intertwined stories in this book, which eventually bind together.I came to love Jim MacAskill Stonor: a confused boy growin [...]

  2. During my life, I have bought thousands of books. If I had kept them all, I would have needed a far bigger house than the one I live in and so, I have kept relatively few, especially fiction. And yet, this book has survived every cull for thirty years. I think I must have first read the book in 1983 because that is the date of publication of the edition I own. I have certainly read it again since then and, having recently lent it to my sister and had it returned, I decided to read it one more ti [...]

  3. This is an important book, and yet it is relatively unknown. I'm calling it historical fiction because it tells the story of the white-tailed sea eagle that became extinct in the British Isles in 1918. There are two stories in this book. One is the story of an artist who grew up on the stories of the eagles and became obsessed by them. His work consisted of a series of drawings, paintings and sculptures of the magnificent birds.The second story is that of the eagles themselves. It follows them a [...]

  4. I fell passionately in love with this book right away. It was many years ago now that I read it (1986-7) but it inspired me to create one of my first ever adventurous large clay ceramic sculptures, which I wish I hadn't sold now.The eagle I created went in the kiln the night of the great hurricane on October 15th/16th 1987, so that in itself has great meaning for me and it did survive the storm and a nasty person's vandalism which broke it in two.I have kept the book after lending it out and fea [...]

  5. Departing from the world of moles, and the world of wolves, Horwood turned his attention in this magnificent novel to art and eagles. No depth of beauty is left unexplored, no family tie unresonating. For those who resist the anthropomorphizing tendencies of the Duncton Wood series, this book offers two layers of narrative - one about an artist and his son, and one about endangered eagles - which intertwine and intersect in surprising ways. It's a novel that will change you.

  6. If Horwood had not written Skallagrigg, this would have been his masterpiece. Serious, probing, skilled, compassionate - and telling.

  7. This is an amazing work. Dont expect to read it in a hurry there are 3 stories in one all intertwined (is that a word?) it will move you to tears and have you on the edge of your seat and leave you feeling richer for reading it.

  8. Less reviewed than it is discussed in my blog post "William Horwood, Callanish, and Skallagrigg": librarianslauderdale.wordpresAs a kid I was a somewhat indifferent student in certain of my classes and my parents would get pretty annoyed about my grades. At several points I was prohibited from reading fantasy or, when they were really mad, from any kind of leisure reading. My response on those latter occasions was usually to read on the floor of my bedroom with my back against the door. It happe [...]

  9. This book has taken me a long time to come to read. Although I have been a fan of William Horwood's Duncton books since high school, I hesitated to read this book, and I'm actually glad that I waited until I was a little older. This is thoughtful story, one that I found deeply moving. The beginning is slow but graceful, with ample and immersive imagery that paints a setting and characters that I couldn't help but grow to love by the end. I think this story needs space and time to grow into while [...]

  10. This book took a little time to sink its hooks into me. Once it did though it was a very memorable and I enjoyed it immensely. However the ending was a horrible anti-climax, the like I'd never experienced before. So bad was it I actually threw the book at the ground and stomped around in anger. I just couldn't believe such a great book ended in such a limp wristed way, like the author was tired and thinking of the next novel to write, or just plain out of ideas to sew up this tale. That ending m [...]

  11. Possibly Horwood's greatest work! The Multi-stranded novel that goes to tremendous heights and terrible depths demonstrates how apparently unrelated matters can somehow be ultimately dependant, one upon the other. Not a quick read, but then it deserves to have time devoted to it. I could suggest passages to look for, but the true power is in the whole, not the parts.

  12. This book was a bit more difficult (slower) for me to become invested in, but the patience was worth it. I am not a bird-kinda-person, so I had low expectations as to how well I would I could enter the world of this story.What a beautiful book. A real gem.

  13. I much preferred this to Duncton Wood. I was mesmerised by Sea Eagles, Stravangar, the black and red Cuillins and the landscape of the Hebrides. However, I felt Stonor was unbelievable as an artist and he seemed pretty stuffy and wooden. Still, the novel had me gripped.

  14. I found this a struggle at first, but it was worth persevering as others have commented. In reality the eagle story was more appealing than the human one - but it combined in a quite a satisfying way in the end.

  15. Another memorable piece by Horwood, who clearly is able to step out of the human perspective and tell a tale from a different point of view.

  16. Read a long time ago while on holiday in England (Lake District). Great scenery to read this book. Very good storytelling. Will definitely read it again someday!

  17. Read this in the 1980s, this was my second reading. I enjoyed it more as an adult, and would rate this among my top 10 novels. I'd describe it as haunting, without being able to say why.

  18. Eagles, Scandinavia and sculpture entwine in this tale about a man, his fascination with eagles and his mysterious father, whilst at the same time the eagles take on a life and lore of their own.

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